Extended Play: FLESH TO ASHES Self-titled

Flesh to Ashes is an up-and-coming death metal band out of Escanaba, MI! Following their most recent video release track “Hell Catcher” is their very first self-titled EP release!

This release contains three tracks of face-melting brutality! Starting with ‘Ass Casket’ (that’s not a typo, haha!); it starts with the bass setting a solid foundation for the rest of the track, and honestly the album over all. ‘Hell Catcher’ has all those nasty, teeth-grinding riffs that you love, and the classic death metal vocals bring all the brutality! Finishing out this release is ‘Impending Doom’, which is more relatable now than ever it would seem. All jokes aside, this is a hard and heavy metal slow jam, and is my personal favorite of this release. Something about it hits just right, and you’ll know what I mean when you check it our for yourself!

This EP is hard, heavy, and just what the doctor ordered for times like these! This self-titled release is available now! Follow Flesh to Ashes online HERE!

-Emily Mae
Edited by Samantha Crocker

Maehem News: SDI Releases New Album ’80s Metal Band’

1 years after their last full-length “Mistreated”, German Speed Metal veterans SDI return with a new album! After reactivating their activity back in 2013, SDI went to perform on several shows and festivals such as “True Thrash Fest” in Japan, as well as the Czech “Obscene Extreme” and several other shows and tours across Europe since 2017. 

In the year 2019 ,the trio finally made it back to the studio, where they recorded 12 new tracks, reflecting the band’s range from speed metal grenades to metal anthems in ways of the old school. To get rid of the expectation to have reinvented the wheel somehow, the title of the album makes it clear on what’s going on – and so this album is all about the 80s, the period of time where the band left their mark! 

“80s Metal Band” is therefore not only a description in which SDI feel represented in 2020, but also the motto and title of the new full-length which takes the listener 30 years back in time. The mix of Føni Goedereis and the mastering of Peter “Pluto” Neuber (Primordial, Blood Red Throne, Manos) makes sure that the sound of SDI fits into the new millennium!

80s Metal Band Available HERE

Line-up:
Reinhard Kruse: Bass, Gesang
Christoph Olbrich: Drums
Daniel Haverkamp: Guitar

Follow SDI online HERE

Maehem News: BLACK HEART SAINTS Releases Official Music Video For ‘Misery’

January 31, 2020 – Austin Music Award-winning band BLACK HEART SAINTS has just released the fourth and final installment from their new Misery EP — a blistering Southern hard rock tune that masterfully melds the soulfulness of THE BLACK CROWES with the sheer heaviness of SOUNDGARDEN.

The music video for “Misery” takes a darker tone than the previous installments of the series, touching upon such topics as addiction and depression. All four music videos from the Misery EP were shown as part of a film premiere at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX earlier this month, which featured a red carpet and a curated drink menu.

Black Heart Saints has continued to turn heads around the country, and will be featured as part of Sweetwater Studio’s Master Class program — a specialized recording class available to the public that recently hosted such names as ANTHRAX and ERIC JOHNSON.

Misery EP Track List:
1. Lines
2. Crazy
3. Addicted to Love
4. Misery

Dangerous & dirty, with a distinct groove steeped in classic rock, yet with a modern intensity. Black Heart Saints gives fans exactly what they want – rock god vocals catapulted over explosive, memorable riffs – leaving legions of the rock ‘n’ roll faithful yearning for more.

After debuting at South by Southwest Festival, this powerhouse quartet has been building a solid reputation as a support act for national touring bands such as Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The ConspiratorsSevendustSteel PantherPop EvilBuckcherryStryperDirty Honey, and more.

The soaring vocals of front-man Josh Ross have drawn comparisons to Myles Kennedy and Chris Cornell. While the band is influenced by the likes of Mötley CrüeGuns ‘N Roses, and other legendary Hard Rock acts, the commanding presence of Black Heart Saints’ live show brandishes an updated take on the genre.

Quickly conquering some of the biggest stages and festivals in the United States, Black Heart Saints has built an impressive resume, and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top emerging rock acts:

– 2019 Austin Music Awards Winner #1
– Music videos featured in over 5,000+ gyms across the US and Canada
– Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Headliner
– Austin Chronicle Music Awards: Top 10 Best New Bands
– San Antonio’s Fiesta Oyster Bake Headliner
– Official South By Southwest Festival Performer
– Buffalo Trace Battle of the Bands Grand Prize Winner
– ESPN X Games Performer

The band’s first full-length release – ALIVE – was soon followed by the Road to Sturgis Tour 2017, which put Black Heart Saints’ charismatic live performance to the test when the band took the stage at the world-renowned motorcycle rally, attended by over 500,000 bikers from all around the globe.

In 2018, Black Heart Saints embarked on an extensive tour to the West Coast beginning in January, which included a highlight performance at the legendary Viper Room in West Hollywood, California. On April 12th, 2018, Austin City Council and Mayor Steve Adler officially proclaimed April 12th to be “Black Heart Saints Day.”

After being tapped to open for Steel Panther, Slash, and Pop Evil throughout 2018 and 2019, Black Heart Saints has been dominating stages in their native Texas, with highlight performances at prestigious venues such as the House of Blues in Houston, Texas.

The band’s latest release, Misery EP, which features an accompanying film based on the band’s music, has received rave reviews:

“When I first heard opening track ‘Lines’ I knew Black Heart Saints were onto another winner. The song, which comes across like a heavier take on ‘Southern Harmony-era’ Black Crowes, is something special indeed and a great way to start this four track EP. Just to make sure you are sat up and paying attention then ‘Crazy’ muscles in, it’s a big-riffed stomper that smashes the door down making it another great opening to a Saints’ release.” – The Rock Pit (Australia)

“Take advantage of this now. Hit those local shows while you still can, grab that grainy IG video proof and a moment to meet & greet the guys before they’re selling out stadiums and you miss that opportunity.” – Kail Rose (dRiFFt)

Album Review: 5 R V L N 5 ‘The Black Mark’

Industrial Metal born from the underbelly of Chicago’s sprawling, urban landscape, 5 R V L N 5  (pronounced “surveillance”) is a solo/collaborative electronic based industrial project created by former Faces of the Bog guitarist/vocalist, Chuck Clybourne. Taking after the likes of influences such as Skinny Puppy, Ministry, and Godflesh 5 R V L N 5 creates an atmosphere that is unnerving, perverse, and dark. Pounding beats and despondent lyrics drive the tone of the music, inducing hypnotic chaos.

We were fortunate enough to get a sneak peak into their first album, The Black Mark, which is officially set to release March 13th, 2020.

It can be difficult to find just the right type of extreme metal for you, but the genre itself has quite the cult following! For those of you who are always on the search for something heavier- this is the band for you! It’s been awhile since I have really heard of anyone coming out with new industrial metal, so it’s cool to see that someone is taking a step forward and bringing life back to the semi-lost metal genre!

The Black Mark is 5 tracks (coincidentally as they have 5’s in their band name) and will be on the way soon! But, for now, you can check out their single release for their track “FLESH” which is in the video link above! Be sure to follow 5 R V L N 5 online and catch them at their release party! Event link HERE!

Don Niesen
Edited by Samantha Crocker

Maehem News: CHILD BITE Announces Live Tour Dates

Detroit punk/metal unit CHILD BITE will take to the streets in the coming weeks on a month-long rash of live dates. The trek begins mid-February with a six-show run that includes an appearance on No Coast Fest in Arlington, Texas with Cherubs, Big’n, and others. In March, the band will play three warm up shows including a performance in Cincinnati, Ohio with Sheer Terror and Carnivore A.D. before joining Today Is The Day on a portion of their No Good To Anyone tour. CHILD BITE‘s journey will run through two dozen US cities from March 9th through April 5th. Additional support will be provided by The Obsessed and -16- on select shows. See all confirmed dates below.

CHILD BITE will be touring in support of their Blow Off The Omens full-length, released late last fall via Housecore Records. Captured by legendary engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Neurosis, The Jesus Lizard) and mixed by Grammy award-winning engineer Collin Dupuis (Tomahawk, Dr. John, Lana Del Rey), the nine-track offering is a leaner, meaner follow-up to the band’s critically lauded 2016 full-length, Negative Noise. From the head bob-inducing, noise rock groove of “Vexed Life” to the Jello-Biafra-with-NoMeansNo-esque freight train that is “They All Look Away,” Blow Off The Omens covers a lot of ground within its half-hour running time. Riffs indebted to both Piggy and Pig Champion root their way throughout the album like alt-metal/hardcore hogs on the hunt.

 CHILD BITE’s Blow Off The Omens is out now on CD, digital, and limited-edition vinyl formats.
For physical orders, visit the Housecore store at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, go the CHILD BITE Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION where the record can be streamed.  

CHILD BITE:
2/18/2020 Upsidedown Plaza – Birmingham, AL
2/19/2020 The Tavern – Hattiesburg, MS
2/20/2020 Red Dwarf – Houston, TX
2/21/2020 No Coast Fest @ Division Brewing – Arlington, TX
2/22/2020 Macine’s – Hot Springs, AR
2/23/2020 Lamasco’s – Evansville, IN
3/06/2020 X-Ray Arcade – Milwaukee, WI
3/07/2020 Northside Yacht Club – Cincinnati, OH w/ Sheer Terror, Carnivore A.D.3/08/2020 TBA – Chattanooga, TNw/Today Is The Day, The Obsessed:
3/09/2020 Santo’s – New Orleans, LA
3/11/2020 Bears – Shreveport, LA
3/12/2020 Reptilez – San Antonio, TX
3/13/2020 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
3/14/2020 Ridglea Room – Fort Worth, TX
3/15/2020 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
3/17/2020 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV w/ -16-
3/18/2020 TBA w/ -16-
3/19/2020 Space – San Diego, CA w/ -16-
3/20/2020 Holy Diver – Los Angeles, CA w/ -16-
3/21/2020 Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA w/ -16-
3/22/2020 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA w/ -16-
3/23/2020 Star Theater – Portland, OR w/ -16-
3/24/2020 Funhouse – Seattle, WA
3/27/2020 Ernie November – Cheyenne, WY
3/28/2020 Zodiac – Colorado Springs, CO
3/29/2020 Streets – Denver, CO
3/30/2020 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
3/31/2020 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
4/01/2020 Live Wire – Chicago, IL
4/02/2020 Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN
4/03/2020 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
4/04/2020 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/05/2020 Jewel – Manchester, NH

Follow Child Bite in the links below!
Website
Facebook


Single Review: COLOR KILLER ‘Not Your Valentine’

Marlborough (MA) punk prodigy band Color Killer is back in action with their latest single release Not Your Valentine!

This is a two minute straight up jam that speaks out against everyone’s favorite made up Hallmark Holiday. It creatively expresses how frustrating it is that we all feel like we ‘have to validate’ our love for one another with a box of chocolates or a stuffed animal with some kind of lame love related pun about you being PUURR-FECT. Color Killer always makes me laugh at the creativity of their tunes. They’re always relatable and quite obviously about things that would frustrate a young punker in their age group especially; however, they are also about things that us “older” folks are equally frustrated with as well; like how much winter sucks or how creepy spiders can be.

Color Killer has come a long way, in what feels like such a sort time, since the very first time I saw their video performance of “Down With Winter” about two years ago. They’re always so cool and so fun! Whenever I happen to see that they have a new release I know it’s always going to be worth my time to check it out! Not Your Valentine is available NOW on Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play! Be sure to give them a like and a follow if you haven’t already so that you don’t miss out on what’s coming up next!

Catch COLOR KILLER live at their next performance HERE!

Emily Mae
Edited By Samantha Crocker

Maehem News: SEVEN KINGDOMS drops ‘Monster’ Music Video

Floridian Power Metalers, Seven Kingdoms, Have just dropped a new Music Video for their song ‘Monster’ from the Empty Eyes EP. Empty Eyes features 4 Original Songs and a Cover of Heart’s Classic, “Barracuda”. Each song on the EP has a Music Video with MONSTER being the final video for the EP. 


Seven Kingdoms will also be headlining Day 1 of the Mad With Power Festival IV in Madison, WI on August 14th. Commented the band, “We are mad with excitement to bring the power to……. Mad With Power Fest! Ty puts on a great show and we are very much looking forward to delivering a killer set and maybe a few other cool things! We also drop the last Music Video for the EP today. We had a great time filming MONSTER and are looking forward to doing this all over again on the next EP. We start work on that ASAP! Thanks again to all that supported this release. It was incredible to do this independently and to have the opportunity to create so much extra content!”

Like the Band on Facebook: HERE
Follow the Band on Instagram:@sevenkingdomsofficial

Maehem News: ORPHAN DEVIL Release EP ‘Victims Of The Night/Drifting Away’ February

Gates of Hell Records will release the two-song EP Victims of the Night/Drifting Away from upstart Finnish Metallers ORPHAN DEVIL on 7″ vinyl format on February 21. The EP showcases a deft blend of classic metal with a dose of speed. Formed in 2016, Orphan Devil is prepared to emerge from the Finnish metal underground with a pair of songs that showcase their unique influences and stellar songwriting. 

The self-released digital version released is available to stream HERE
Track List
Side A – Victims of the NightSide B – Drifting Away

Named after a 1982 single from the obscure Swedish band Shakespeare, Orphan Devil was formed in 2016 by a group of old Finnish friends who shared the same interest in music. Once vocalist Perttu joined earlier in 2019, Orphan Devil’s lineup was officially complete, and the band quickly got to work on some existing ideas, hammering out the two-song Victims of the Night/Drifting Away EP, which will be formally released by Gates Of Hell Records.

While Orphan Devil is a classic metal band at heart, their influences reveal something deeper. Continuing the thread of taking influences from their neighbors to the northwest, Orphan Devil has culled from their vast library of vintage Swedish metal bands for their sound. (It’s also worth pointing out that none of the members of Orphan Devil would have picked up an instrument without Iron Maiden.) But, this slight punk influence and melancholy coming from Sweden has worked its way into both “Victims Of The Night” and “Drifting Away,” two songs that were put together by the guitar tandem of Sakke and Kristo, with the latter handling the lyrics that touch upon themes of life and death with a glimpse of hope.

Orphan Devil’s method of completing their songs harkens back to the old-school as well: Once Sakke and Kristo have worked out the riffs and lyrics, the rest of the band (which includes bassist Sampo and drummer Late), add their ideas.

Designed to whet the appetite of the metal scene, Victims of the Night/Drifting Away hones in on Orphan Devil’s very simple philosophy: Have something to say with your music. Don’t just copy already existing bands. Be creative and find your own thing. Truer words have not been spoken.

Follow Orphan Devil online HERE

Maehem News: KONVENT Premieres Brand New Video

Copenhagen’s rising death doom outfit, KONVENT, is set to release their highly anticipated debut album, Puritan Masochism, on January 24via Napalm Records. Only a few days ahead of its official release, the band has just premiered another brutal-sounding appetizer with a brand new video!
The Danish collective, founded in 2015, stoically trudges through the blackest mires – following in the footsteps of Mythic, Paradise Lost, Skepticism and Winter, who all unleashed the bleakest horror on mankind in the early 90s. Rikke Emilie List`s guttural vocals and tenacious riffing combined with menacingly heavy production make the debut by these four Danish women a massive, extreme metal highlight of early 2020 – and it wouldn`t come as a surprise if their upcoming album, Puritan Masochism, conjures up a deserved revival for the whole death doom genre!


Following the premiere of the band’s latest music video to the album title track ( watch HERE!), today we witness a final single before the album drops later this month. Better get doomed and fix your eyes on KONVENT‘s brand new video for the blistering track ‘Ropes pt. II‘ HERE!

Ropes pt. II was the last song we wrote for the album.” the band comments. “Our deadline was getting closer and we isolated ourselves in our rehearsal space during the weekend before going into the studio. We spent hours jamming to the main riff while the Danish Summer sun was baking outside, and in the end we managed to complete the song.It was actually inspired by our other song Ropes pt. I which, at that time, didn’t have a title. Ropes pt. I is about knowing someone who is going through a bad time and the powerlessness that comes with it. We thought it could be interesting to write a song from the other person’s point of view and connect the songs and their protagonists.We chose to incorporate ropes in the titles because in these situations they can be a mean of help to climb out of the darkness or a means of suicide; we leave it up to the listener’s imagination.
Regarding the video, we were all quite tired of the same old “metal music video recipe”. Actually, we didn’t really care for being in the video ourselves but found it way more interesting to play with smoke, lights and shadows. We got in touch with photographer Nicky de Silva via a common friend and he was very interested in diving into a darker side of the arts. We had a meeting with him and our visions clicked. He found the models for the video as well and we couldn’t be happier with the result!“

Album Tracklisting:
1. Puritan Masochism
2. The Eye
3. Trust
4. World of Gone
5. Bridge
6. Waste (ft. Tue Krebs Roikjer)
7. Idle Hands
8. Ropes pt. I
9. Ropes pt. II 
Coming January 24 via LP, CD and Digital formats through Napalm Records, you can pre-order your album copy at THIS LOCATION!

Konvent live:
24.01.20 DK – Aarhus / Atlas
 25.01.20 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
26.01.20 SE – Gothenburg / The Abyss
27.01.20 NO – Oslo / Vaterland
31.01.20 DE – Hamburg / Bambi Galore
06.02.20 DE – Berlin / Rock At Sage
07.02.20 DE – Hannover / Subkultur
08.02.20 DK – Aalborg / 1000Fryd09.-
11.07.20 SE – Gävle / Gefle Metal Fest09.-
12.07.20 DE – In Flammen Open Air

Find Konvent online HERE

Maehem News: ASTHMA CASTLE Premieres ‘Mount Crushmore’ Video Via Metal Injection

Stoner metal/sludge dealers ASTHMA CASTLE – featuring drummer Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Scour), guitarists Justin Ethem (touring rhythm guitarist for Integrity) and Cameron Smith (Passage Between, Crawler), vocalist Zach Westphal (ex-J. Roddy Walston And The Business), and bassist Jeff Davis – are pleased to unveil their new video for “Mount Crushmore.” The tune comes by way of the full-length of the same name, released last March via Hellmistress Records. 

The comical new clip was filmed by Chris Joao and Jeffrey Novosel from Iron Elephant Studio on historic Harford Road in Baltimore, Maryland and features the iconic Umberto’s Hair Salon, where you go to get the “Total Look.” Live footage was taken at Cafe Nola in Frederick, Maryland.

 Notes the band, “The video includes a very special appearance by Steve the Barber. It’s tough to pick out, but at one point, Adam is drinking beer out of a cowbell. Later, he’s drinking while playing drums at the same time! Such talent! There are several hidden references to Baltimore, such as the mullet guy wearing a Kix sleeveless shirt standing outside of Umberto’s as Zach struts by.”

 View ASTHMA CASTLE’s “Mount Crushmore,” now playing at Metal Injection, at THIS LOCATION.

Out now on Hellmistress Records, ASTHMA CASTLE‘s Mount Crushmore was recorded and mixed at Wrightway Studios (Dying Fetus, Misery Index), mastered by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer at his own Visceral Sound Studios with cover art by Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs (Napalm Death, Kreator etc.). ASTHMA CASTLE manifests a unique and seamless, riff-heavy blend of stoner metal/rock, heavy metal, prog, and sludge that takes its cues from the likes of Weedeater, Church Of Misery, Mastodon, Lowrider, Dozer, and Clutch without ever seeming derivative.

 Stream Mount Crushmore in its entirety via Bandcamp HERE or Spotify HEREMount Crushmore is available on CD, digital, and limited-edition vinyl formats via Hellmistress Records. For CD orders go to THIS LOCATION, for vinyl go to THIS LOCATION, and for digital, go to THIS LOCATION.

Find Asthma Castle online HERE!